ATHENS, Ga. — The University of Georgia and Kirby Smart have agreed on a lucrative contract extension for the head football coach.
The new seven-year deal worth $49 million will make Smart the third-highest paid coach in the SEC behind Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher. Auburn’s Gus Malzahn also makes $7 million per year.
“Kirby has provided an incredible level of energy and excitement to our football program, and we look forward to his leadership for many years to come,” said J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity.
The deal, approved by the UGA Athletic Association's executive board in a teleconference meeting Thursday, represents a $3.25 million a year raise and three-year extension for Smart, according to DawgNation.
“In just two short years, Coach Smart has established a new level of excellence in UGA’s storied football program,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “I look forward to his continued success and his strong support of this great university.”
Smart released the following statement:
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